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Families of two murder victims praying for witnesses to come forward

Gary Riley & Brandon Taylor Gary Riley & Brandon Taylor

Two Moss Point families who've endured nine years of heartbreak while waiting for justice for their murdered loved ones said it's time for the 'No Snitching' mentality to stop.

Back in 2006, Brandon Taylor, 24, Gary Riley, 26, were found shot to death in car in Moss Point. Although two people were initially charged, those charges were later dropped and no one was ever convicted. The victims' families said people should realize they too could one day be in their shoes.   

"I love you dad very much," begins a touching letter from a nine-year-old girl to a father she will never know because someone took Gary Riley's life.  

"He left behind a daughter that was only a couple of months old at the time he was taken from us," said Stacey Riley. "It's so hard to explain to her why he's not here."

April 14, 2006 Riley and his friend Brandon Taylor were shot multiple times while in a blue Chevy Tahoe on Hilma Street in Moss Point. According to officers Taylor and Riley were "barbarically murdered" with both victims shot multiple times. Nine years later their families are still awaiting justice. 

Riley's mother Gwen Lett said. "All I want is for somebody to come forward and help us out and we can put this behind us." 

"They were cold hearted people that did this," said Melonee Wilson, Taylor's mother. "No respect for life whatsoever. So they'll do it again and again and again." 

The families said every time there is a murder in Moss Point, it tears them up knowing yet another family is feeling this same pain. 

"It was like deja vu all over again. It hurts. It hurts," said Shirley Riley, Gary Riley's aunt.

Stacey Riley said, "It's time for people to stop thinking that they are considered snitches. It's time for people to stop knowing stuff is going on in our community and don't want to come step forward and say something. But when something happens to someone in your family you want people to say something but you don't want to say nothing." 

The families said their hope is that someone will come forward and help them get the closure they need to move forward with their lives. 

"I have been praying many nights that someone just help us solve this case," said Stacey Riley. 

If you have any information in this case you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Crimestoppers officials assure the public this tip line is anonymous..    

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